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Not Another Brick in the Wall: an Extensional Mereology for Potential Parts

Miller, Ryan (2020) Not Another Brick in the Wall: an Extensional Mereology for Potential Parts. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Part is not a univocal term. Uses of parthood and composition that do not obey any supplementation principle have a long philosophical tradition and strong support from contemporary physics. We call such uses potential parts. This paper first shows why potential parts are important and incompatible with supplementation, then provides a formal mereology for such parts inspired by the path-integral approach to quantum electrodynamics.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Miller, Ryan66millerr@cua.edu0000-0003-0268-2570
Keywords: quantum mereology, potential parts, quantum chromodynamics, feynman diagrams
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Condensed Matter
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Depositing User: Ryan Miller
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2020 20:53
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2020 20:53
Item ID: 17076
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Condensed Matter
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Date: 2020
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/17076

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